Welcome, to what will be a series of blog posts (two) about Book Box Club’s Purley Books subscription with a third post reviewing the book we were sent.

This first blog post will be regarding the subscription itself, plus my experience with receiving my first Purely Books parcel.

The second post will be about my book group experience.

What is Book Box Club?

Book Box Club is a subscription box and secret society for the unashamedly bookish. Book Box Club have two different subscriptions:

Book Box Club Subscription – each month you’ll receive a gift-wrapped, brand new, YA read, an invitation to their exclusive online book club and a curated selection of unique themed goodies.

Purely Books Subscription – each month you’ll receive a featured read and an invitation to their online book group.

All postage to the UK is free, but Book Box Club do send parcels all around the world (postage costs apply).

Purely Book Subscription

The Purely Books Subscription is perfect for those unashamedly bookish of you that don’t collect the bookish goodies. If you’re looking for a pure book subscription, this option is perfect for you. The book will be the same one that is featured in the Book Box Club Subscription so everyone can enjoy the bookish fun together.

If you are interested in signing up for either of these subscriptions, you can get to Book Box Club’s website HERE and use the code BLOGARMY5 to get a discount on your first Purely Books or Book Box Club subscription. (5% off a three month Purely Books Subscription or month-to-month Book Box Club Subscription).

My Experience

The Book Box Club April theme was Bold and Brave. They emailed me on Monday 15th April 2019 to let me know my Purely Books subscription was on its way. My book arrived first thing on Tuesday 16th April morning with the post. (Due to it being a book only, it fits perfectly through my letter box).

The book came in a paper envelope that has bubble wrap on the inside to protect the package.

Once opened the book is wrapped in silver wrapping paper and tied with string, as it is in the Book Box Club Subscription. This is such a nice touch as it adds to the suspense of finding out what’s inside. There is also an envelope with my name on it that has an invitation inside to the Clubhouse (exclusive book club) on which are the details regarding the Bold & Brave book group in which you can meet the author, ask any questions you may have and make new friends

The book inside was The Hand, the Eye and the Heart by Zoe Marriott. My first thought is that I have never heard of this book before, but my goodness the cover is beautiful. Very colourful, love the animals but also love the simple text style. I’m definitely intrigued.


Zhilan was assigned female at birth. Despite a gift for illusions, they know they are destined to live out their life within the confines of the women’s quarter. But when civil war sets the empire aflame, Zhilan is determined save their disabled father from the battlefield. By taking his place. Surviving brutal army training as a boy – Zhi – is only the first challenge. In the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile, and soon the fate of a nation rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must decide where their heart truly belongs…



My Thoughts

This book sounds fantastic. My first thought after reading the synopsis was that it sounds a lot like the Disney film Mulan. Which, I only saw for the first-time last year (I know, shameful!) and absolutely loved. So, obviously, I’m really excited about this book.

On further inspection, after reading the authors note, I can confirm that the book is inspired by Mulan but ‘The Hand, the Eye and the Heart is not intended to offer an accurate portrayal of real world China or its people during any point in that country’s long, noble history’. The back of the Clubhouse invitation also confirms the Mulan inspiration with this gorgeous illustration.

I cannot wait to give this book a read. It sounds brilliant. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this book and letting you all know my thoughts on it.

The Hand, the Eye and the Heart was released on 4th April 2019.

Overall, I’ve been really happy with the service from Book Box Club so far, and also with the book that has been sent to us.

Keep your eyes pealed for my next post regarding the rest of my experience with Book Box Club, followed by a full review of the book The Hand, the Eye and the Heart.

Steph xoxo